Refuge Proposes Shooting Caribou that Swim Off Adak

Thursday, October 30 2014

Caribou on Adak in 1985. (Credit: USFWS)

Adak Island is home to something you won’t find much of elsewhere in the Aleutians: a herd of caribou, introduced in the 1950s as a hunting option for the naval base. The base has since closed, but the caribou are still there -- and lately, some have been striking out for new pastures.

As KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports, it’s got wildlife refuge managers looking to keep a herd from forming where hunters can’t follow.

Unalaska Holds On As America's Top Fishing Port

Wednesday, October 29 2014

Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB

The port of Dutch Harbor will hang onto its title as the nation’s busiest fishing port for another year.

According to the latest rankings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about 753 million pounds of seafood were landed here in 2013. That’s more than any other port in America. It's also the 17th consecutive year Unalaska has gotten that distinction.

It’s mostly due to the large volume of pollock brought in from the Bering Sea, along with crab and other groundfish. Those deliveries were worth slightly less last year. But at $197 million, they were still the second most profitable in the nation.

Council Resolution Urges 'No' Vote on Legal Marijuana

Wednesday, October 29 2014

Unalaska’s mayor and city councilors say they don’t want to see marijuana legalized in Alaska. That's ballot measure two in next week's general election.

At their meeting Tuesday, the council made that opposition official. They passed a resolution urging Unalaskans to vote against legalization -- over one councilor’s objections.

City-Wide Power Outage Set for Early Weds. Morning

Tuesday, October 28 2014

Unalaska will be without power for up to two hours early tomorrow morning during a planned island-wide outage.

The outage will start at 4 a.m. Wednesday and will last until around 6 a.m. Engineers will be installing control systems for the fourth engine at the powerhouse during that time.

Council to Consider Opposing Marijuana Legalization

Tuesday, October 28 2014

Next week, Alaskans will vote on whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. The passage of ballot measure 2 would mean a major adjustment for local governments and police -- and in Unalaska, they think it’s a step in the wrong direction.

City council will vote on a resolution declaring their opposition to the ballot measure at their regular meeting tonight. It was handed to them by Unalaska police. According to Sgt. Bill Simms, legalizing the drug "wouldn't work" here:

Shell Seeks 5-Year Extension on Arctic Leases

Monday, October 27 2014

Shell Oil has spent the better part of a decade -- and more than $6 billion -- trying to explore prospects in the Alaskan Arctic.

But they have little to show for it.

Now that the clock is ticking down on their oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, Shell is asking regulators for more time.

The company is seeking a five-year suspension from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, or BSEE, to keep its leases from expiring. 

Shell's request has been in process since July. But it wasn't public until Monday, when the conservation group Oceana distributed a copy to the media.

Unangan Language Speakers Witness Bill Signing

Monday, October 27 2014

(Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)

Before the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention wrapped up in Anchorage last week, a handful of attendees made history. They watched as Governor Sean Parnell signed legislation making Alaska Native dialects -- like Unangam Tunuu -- official languages in the state. 

KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal heard from two speakers of the Aleutian-Pribilof language who were there to witness the event.

Drifting Barge Heading for Arctic Sea Ice

Monday, October 27 2014

A Coast Guard aircraft conducted a flyover of the drifting barge this past weekend. (Courtesy: USCG Air Station Kodiak)

A small fuel barge is drifting toward Arctic sea ice, north of Prudhoe Bay -- and the Coast Guard says it’ll probably be stuck there until next summer.

The 134-foot unmanned barge broke off from its tugboat in a storm last week. Since then, Coast Guard commander Shawn Decker says it’s been drifting away from Alaska’s shoreline.

At this rate, he says it’s likely the barge will get trapped in sea ice to the north. In that case, the Coast Guard would have to wait to remove it until the ice thawed next June.

Two Charged With Mailing Drugs to Unalaska

Friday, October 24 2014

Jesse Lee, 24, is accused of sending roughly $70,000 worth of drugs from Washington State to Unalaska this month. The destination was a post office box that's registered to Lee and 30-year-old Kyle Eby.

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